How can you tell if you need a full body detox?
Your body will tell you, you just have to know what to look for when it’s trying to communicate. So if you display some of the symptoms below then your body might be telling you that it is time to detox. Please note these are just some of the symptoms and the information provided under each symptom is merely a small sample of the research and information available. Try searching google or pick up a good book to find out more.
- Weight gain or stubborn fat?
- Anxiety or depression
- Constant fatigue
- Brain fog (inability to focus)
- Regular headaches
- Unexplained joint or muscle pain
- Digestion issues including gas, heartburn, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, and abdominal pain
- Autoimmune diseases
- Hormonal imbalances
- Acne, skin rashes or eczema
- Chemical sensitivities
- Bad breath
Weight gain or stubborn fat?
Do you struggle to loose weight? Have you recently put on weight? Well this is one of the key indicators that you need a detox. Our bodies store water in order to dilute the effects of toxins in our systems and will also store toxins in our fat, again as a protection mechanism. The body will not therefore loose weight and release these stored toxins until it is able to successfully process and remove them.
Interesting fact: While fat is lumpy by nature, cellulite is fat gone hard around toxins and cellulite is a big sign that you need to detox. If you are overweight then soft fat is preferable to hard, stubborn fat.
More about what Toxins do to our bodies:
Toxins come in many forms and from many sources. One of the ways our toxicity rises in modern life is with stress. If we are stressed when we eat we don’t digest properly and undigested food sits in our intestines and poisons us. Stress, poor diet, too little exercise and acid forming diets mean our whole body goes out of balance and one of the key systems to take a knock first is the endocrine system. Our glands play a vital role in regulating our moods and managing our brain chemistry (amongst a 1,000 other things). Heavy metal toxicity can also disturb your brain chemistry causing depression and anxiety, it can also significantly weaken your immunity.
The symptoms of a compromised liver include psychological and neurological symptoms such as depression, headache, mental confusion, fatigue, anxiety, joint pain, mental illness, brain fog, abnormal nerve reflexes and tingling in the hands.
Heavy Metal Toxins
Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum are included in this category. These metals tend to accumulate in the brain, kidneys and immune system. Over 600,000 tons of lead is released into the atmosphere from industrial processes and leaded gasoline. The toxins can then either be inhaled or ingested after being deposited on food crops, fresh water and soil. Other common sources of heavy metals include lead from pesticide sprays and cooking utensils; cadmium and lead from cigarette smoke; mercury from dental fillings, contaminated fish, and aluminum from antacids, cookware, and soda cans.
Heavy metal toxicity has been linked to several diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and severe neurological disorders.
The early signs of heavy metal poisoning are vague or often attributed to other diseases. The early symptoms of heavy metal poisoning include headaches, fatigue, muscle pain, indigestion, tremors, constipation, anemia, and indigestion. Mild toxicity symptoms include impaired memory and distorted thinking ability. Severe toxicity can lead to death.
The most accurate measurement of toxins in the body is by blood analysis of actual toxin levels of each toxin within the red blood cells. Many toxic metals have a tendency to accumulate inside the cell where most of the damage is done. Serum toxic metal levels do not correlate well with intracellular toxic metal levels. See more at: http://www.drlam.com/blog/detoxification-and-adrenal-fatigue-syndrome/3114/#sthash.xqjfSJcM.dpuf
Interesting fact: Lead, cadmium (from smoking) and arsenic disturb dopamine, this neurotransmitter gives the brain energy, motivation and the capacity for pleasure, when it becomes deficient you can get a low energy demotivated depression.
Lead poisoning particularly disturbs GABA balance, this neurotransmitter enables the brain to inhibit persistent thoughts going around and around when GABA becomes deficient it can contribute to anxiety, lead also dulls your intelligence.
Toxins produced by unwanted bacteria and yeast in the gut can be absorbed which can cause a significant disruption of bodily functions. Examples of such toxins include endotoxins and exotoxins from bacteria, toxic amines, toxic derivatives from bile and many carcinogens. These toxins have been implicated in many diseases including Crohn’s disease, IBS, leaky gut, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus, pancreatitis, allergies, asthma, immune disorders, and delayed food sensitivities.
In addition, antibodies formed against microbial molecules (antigens) can cross-react with the body’s own cellular structure. This in turn causes autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, diabetes and autoimmune thyroiditis.
The solution is to follow a diet rich in fiber, particularly water-soluble fibers such as those found in vegetables, guar gum, pectin and oat bran. Fiber has the ability to eliminate toxins from the gut and promote their excretion. The replacement of healthy bacteria such as acidophilus is also helpful.
See more at: http://www.drlam.com/blog/detoxification-and-adrenal-fatigue-syndrome/3114/#sthash.xqjfSJcM.dpuf